Author name: anna_sinistra -- author
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Recipient name: Corinna
Requested character(s): Barbara Gordon
Story title: Memento Vita
Acknowledgments: Thanks to faith_of_borg for beta-ing.
Watching Dick move is like poetry. He flies through the air withthe greatest of ease. He always did. Whether hunting down the haplesscriminals of Bludhaven or working off excess energy on a rooftop, he alwaysmoves with a certain grace. A sense of showmanship, most likely a holdoverfrom his circus days.
No matter how much more I do now, it feels as if my father and Dickare forever doomed to see me as I once was. As if this new self is somehowless whole, less Babs than the girl I used to be. Bruce doesn’thelp the situation. It occasionally feels as though he’s humoring me byusing Oracle. That he doesn’t really need me. Just perpetuating the notionthat little Barbara needs help, that she’s somehow less than she was whenshe was Batgirl.
When you’re ripped away from the life you’d made for yourself, whatdo you have left to help you get through it? The people you love. And itonly makes it that much harder, makes it hurt so much more whenyou think that they prefer the old you. As much as it hurts to look atShort Pants, seeing him make his way through the population of masks inthe community. We’re both too messed up for this to work right now. He’sgot his Bat-related issues, and I’ve got mine. A matched set, if ever wewere.
Reference images taken from the cover BIRDS OF PREY #58 and BATGIRL: YEAR ONE #7.
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